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  • Ice arch Ice arch

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      This ice arch was on a grounded Antarctic iceberg which joined the two parts of the same iceberg.

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  • Ice arch Ice arch

    • From: ijkents
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      Iceberg arch between two parts of the "same" iceberg. This was a massive chunk of ice that was grounded in over 100 feet of water. The grounded icebergs are subject to wind and water erosion. The floating ones rise with water surges and move when the wind blows them.

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  • Ice in the Sun Ice in the Sun

    • From: woobiecat1
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      Ice storms can be beautiful when the sun shines.

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  • SUNRISE OVER HALONG BAY SUNRISE OVER HALONG BAY

    • From: activetravelasia
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      Written by Jenmodelm
      We all waited and waited for the sun to rise over the giant rock mountains. It was nearly 6:30am before the sun peaked over the rocks.It was a glorious magnificent sunrise.
      Sunrise from the boat…a lovely sight.

       Breakfast was served shortly after, it was an Early start to the day. I couldn’t wait for coffee.Each got one fried egg and as much dry white toast as we wanted.

      After breakfast we had to be checked out of our rooms by 9am so the boat men could get ready for the next tour. We were stopping by the floating village. We were greeted by the sound of blasting techno dance club type music coming from somebody’s shack. It was so odd. We got in groups of four and ladies came in small wooden row boats to take us around the small village of 300 people; the biggest floating village in halong bay. They even had a little floating primary school. Most parents don’t want their children to go to the city to get more education because it costs money and they want them to stay and hell fish.
      The wooden houses floated on large ice chest sized styrofoam or big blue plastic tanks the size of a beer keg. Few people smiled or waved. I think there’s mixed feelings of tourists snapping away photos and strolling through their little village. They have to get at least one tour group a day– minimum. It’s low season here I’m Vietnam too. Our tour guide also said some local people are not so thrilled about the tourists visiting and have been doing so for the last sight years now. The people moved from the mainland to the floating villages because there is more fish available out in the open waters, they don’t have to pay taxes and they prefer the lifestyle.
      After seeing the floating village we had two and a half hours back to the mainland. While most people took refuge in the shade I relaxed on the Sundeck soaking in the suns rays and view. Even though our boat went very slow and the scenery was similar I enjoyed soaking as much of it in as I could. I was so relaxed I failed to put sunscreen on my tummy.
      A local  fishing boat in the bay
      Once back on the mainland we had a quick transfer to our ethnic travel van and an hour drive north towards the Chinese border. We would depart from another Fishing port to our next destination. A small long skinny island with essentially no tourists but ourselves.We had seafood lunch on the boat. Always so good.
      A local rows a boat in the bay. Many locals still live and work on the water in the bay.
      We were able to kayak one more time, although this time much less impressive than the first. There were no large rock formations or caves to go under.Instead it seemed we were kayaking in a big lake. It was strange to think it was still actually the ocean. We went for a quick swim and jumped off the boat being careful not to get stung by any jellyfish.
      Kayaking is a great way to get up close.
      The boat continued on for another hour and we sat on the roof of the boat watching the sun set. It was glorious. The sun was just a bright orange ball. Like a Japanese sun in Vietnam. It was really stunning.We arrived at the pier and it was nearly dark. Two tuk tuk scooters picked us up to our homestay.
      Sunset in the bay left a golden glow. A great reason to do an overnight junk boat.
      I was surprised to get my own room. Unlike the homestays in sapa where mattresses are set side by side, our tour guide said that ethnic travel paid for this family’s Home to be extended into.More of a guesthouse. They wouldn’t make any Money for three years to pay off the house,Thereafter they would make money from it. The family is retired, so they seemed happy to be doing it.
      Dinner was served at 7 and we helped to make fresh spring rolls with thin rice paper. Afterwards they were fried and ever so fresh and hot. Soo good! I also noticed that our leftover rice from lunch was being dried on the roof of the boat. They used it to make this amazing popcorn- tasting dried rice with corn. Never had anything like it.
      After one beer at dinner and a full belly I was sapped. I called bed time at 9. Took a shower and Crashed just a little before 10.
      ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA would like to recommend  Kayaking Halong Bay tour. Halong Bay, located in the Gulf of Tonkin, covers an area of 1500 square km. with more than a thousand limestone peaks soaring from its crystalline emerald water. The calm sea provides an ideal location for sea kayaking as we paddle through a maze of islets amid dramatic natural scenery. With our modern kayaking equipment, we are able to maximize on speed and maneuverability as we explore the open sea and the many hidden lagoons and stalagmite caves that are difficult to access by any other means. After a day of paddling we unwind on our boat and enjoy dinner. This tour offers longer kayaking expedition of Halong Bay. We will paddle amongst islets, visit hidden caves, lagoons, unspoiled beaches, floating fishing village and talk with local fishman. 
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      • Amazing limestone formations
      • Inclusive junk for overnight
      • Beautiful and different kayaking route
      • Support boat all the time
      • All meals included
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  • 10 dishes you should not miss 10 dishes you should not miss when visiting Hanoi

    • From: cosianatour
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      Hanoi cuisine is one of the most special culture feature which draws attention of tourists over the world. In addition to Pho - the most well-known dish, there are lots of other dishes, from luxurious to popular ones, which shouldn’t be missed. All of them help to build up a beloved image of Hanoi capital thousand years of civilization. This article will introduce the most famous dishes of Hanoi and best places for you to enjoy.

       
       
      1.      Bun Oc (shellfish soup and vermicelli)
      Whoever has ever lived in Hanoi, especially woman, cannot forget the dish which has sourish flavor of vinegar, moreish and brittle flavor of snails, fried tofu, raw vegetables. It’s not hard to make the dish, but it is a secret to have a delicious bowl of Bun Oc.
      You can enjoy this dish in Bun Oc Ba Sau restaurant at 73A Mai Hac De (opens from morning to midday), Bun Oc Ba Luong in Khuong Thuong Street, Bun Oc Co Beo at No. 1 Hoe Nhai or one restaurant in Nguyen Cao market (No. 5 Dong Mac street, Dong Mac ward, Hai Ba Trung district).


      2.      Nom Bo Kho (dried beef salad)
      The main ingredients of this dish are green papaya, dried beef, raw vegetables and sweet and sour sauce. It’s easy for you to find out restaurants having this dish. However; if you want to enjoy the most delicious Nom Bo Kho dish, you should visit Nom Hue restaurant in Ham Long Street (opposite to Ham Long church) with various kinds of salad such as dried beef salad (Nom Bo Kho), mixed salad ( Nom Thap Cam), beef tendon salad (Nom Gan Bo), etc; or Long Vi On restaurant ( Ong Tau Ao Den restaurant) at No. 23 Ho Hoan Kiem street. 

       
      3.      Nem Tai  Ba Hong (a dish made from pork’s ears brand-named “Mrs. Hong”)
      Nem tai is simply clean pork’s ears which is steamed and then sliced into thin pieces, mixed with powdered grilled rice. It is eaten with rice paper, fig leaves, salted fig, raw fresh vegetables and sweet and sour sauce. The dish has the crispy taste of pork’s ear, the buttery and strong taste of powdered grilled rice, the cool taste of herbs, and the sweet taste of the sauce. Visiting Hanoi, you should enjoy this dish at Nem Tai Ba Hong restaurant at 35 Hang Thung street, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi.


      4.      Chan Ga Nuong (Grilled chicken’s legs)
      In Hanoi, Ly Van Phuc street is the famous place for Chan Ga Nuong dish. Chicken’s wings and legs are grilled and eaten with sweet potato, honey marinated bread, cucumber vinegar salad, chili sauce. The tasty dish should be enjoyed in Ly Van Phuc street, especially at the final restaurant of the street, according to the gourmets’ suggest.


      5.      Oc Luoc (boiled snails)
      In Hanoi, many Oc Luoc restaurants have the brand thank for its own unique sauce. Hanoi people often eat this dish wih chopped lemongrass and ginger, lemon leaves and sometimes with cucumber or jicama.  To enjoy boiled sails dish, you can choose one of the restaurants located in Luong Dinh Cua street; at No 1 Dinh Liet; in Ham Long street (opposite to a church); Lan Binh restaurant at 18 Hang Be street or the one in Trai Gang market, etc.  The restaurants often open from afternoon to midnight.


      6.      Bun Cha (noodles and grilled meat)
      Bun Cha,  the dish with its origin from Hanoi, nowadays appears in many other provinces and cities of  Vietnam.  Among many Hanoi’s delicious dishes, Bun cha’s taste seems easy to fit with any diner comes from everywhere. Bun Cha is served with a plate of white rice noodle (bún), a steamy broth and herbs, a bowl of special sweet and sour sauce. Traditionally, chả (the pork) is a marinated pork patty, but another type of chả (small pieces of fatty pork belly) also often accompany the patties. However, Bun Cha in Hanoi is more special because it’s eaten with “hung” – the famous herb of Lang village of Hanoi. Visiting Hanoi, you should come No.34 Hang Than to enjoy this dish.



      7.      Trang Tien ice-cream
      Established in Vietnam’s subsidy period, Trang Tien ice – cream shop is located at 35 Trang Tien street, nearly Hoan Kiem lake – the center of  Hanoi capital. Nowadays, it has become  a culture feature of Hanoi. Unlike many kinds of industrial ice-cream, Trang Tien ice-cream has fresh, cold and sweet flavor. The shop is always crowded from morning to evening, even in winter days. This delicious ice cream is only VND 12.000 for ice cream cone and VND 8.000 for other types - so cheap!!!!

      8.      La Vong fried fish
      Cha Ca La Vong – one of  top famous dishes of Hanoi that introduced in Vietnam tourism guidebooks, is the dish which you should not miss. The delicious dish is perfectly combined between Vietnam’s specific spices such as saffron, dill, shrimp sauce, fish sauce. Cha Ca dish consists of pieces of attractive tasty fried fish eaten with red chili, white rice noodle, and some herbs. There are a lot of Cha Ca restaurants in Hanoi, however, the oldest one is Cha ca La Vong restaurant located at No.14 Cha Ca street.

      9.       Pho (Vietnamese noodle soup)
      If any visitor, especially international visitor, is asked for the dish in Hanoi that he always remembers, it’s sure for “ Pho”. Unlike the dish in other places, Pho in Hanoi is not eaten with raw vegetables but its stock’s light sweet will bring the appetite for any diner. In Hanoi, there are many famous Pho restaurants including Pho Co Cu restaurant in Lieu Giai street; Pho Mau Dich in Ly Quoc Su street; Pho Thin in Lo Duc Street; Pho Suong in Dinh Liet Street, etc.

      10.Dishes from duck
      Dishes made of duck are not much famous in Hanoi but they can show typical taste of Vietnam’s North. The dishes are not only snacks for men to eat with sips of alcohol, but also suitable for family gatherings. Recently Kim Ma street has become the center for a variety of duck dishes such as saute duck, sour bamboo duck hot pot, Steamed duck with dracontomelon fruits,etc.


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  • Service Apartments in Bayswate Service Apartments in Bayswater are Fabulous and Cost Effective

    • From: spaceaparthotel
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      It is a known fact that serviced apartments are in high demand all over London. Those at upmarket locations are in hot demand. There is a great choice available for serviced apartments in Bayswater & Paddington areas ranging from budget studios to luxury penthouses suiting every budget.
       
      Serviced apartments in Bayswater offer a relaxing retreat with fully equipped kitchens, spacious living areas, comfortable bedrooms and clean bathrooms with all modern comforts and technologies.
       
      The location of Bayswater area is north of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. The nearby places are Paddington and Queensway. Bayswater apartments always claim a cosmopolitan and pluralist atmosphere. The famous Whiteleys Mall is in the heart of it. You can enjoy local restaurants and cuisine from all over the world and the Queens Ice Bowl can offer you a fabulous Bowling and Ice skating exercise. The Paddington station offers a direct rail link with Heathrow for quick and easy access. Residents in a space apart hotel near Bayswater feel very comfortable because several shops and amenities are in their immediate vicinity coupled with excellent transport links connecting to all parts of London.
       
      Popular serviced apartments in Bayswater
       
      • Paddington Green Apartments
      • Notting Hill Studio Apartments
      • St.James House Apartments
      • Grand Plaza Apartments
      • Inverness Terrace Studio Apartments
      • Prince's Square Apartments
      • Chilworth Court Apartments
      • Queensborough Terrace Apartments
      • Fountain House Apartments
       
      Nice Location

      The location is extremely suited for visitors to make the most of London and visit all tourist attractions. Where else you get the opportunity to walk down to famous landmarks like Kensington Palace, The Royal Albert Hall, Marble Arch and the Italian Gardens of Hyde Park?.

      If you want to shop at the Westfield Shopping Centre, London's biggest shopping mall it is only moments away on a bus. The mall houses all international designer labels alongside high street favorites with a cinema and chic restaurants and bars.
       
      Portabello Market is popular amongst the fashionable crowds of the city where you can buy fresh vegetables, fur coats, Spanish paella, and antique gems. Take a stroll in Kesington gardens and walk past the elegant swans in the round pool until you reach the waters of the Serpentine where you can boat in the summer.

      Overall, the Bayswater and Paddington are areas of London you will fall in love with.

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  • At Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Fac At Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Factory

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  • San Francisco, May 2013 Day 2- San Francisco, May 2013 Day 2- Ice cream and possible pneumonia…

    • From: jetsettindaisy
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      My second day in San Francisco started out with macarons and chocolate cake. Annie was running late since parking at the BART station in Concord was a nightmare so I decided to take advantage of the situation and go to Macy’s. I stopped at Tout Sweet 306795_10100164375671868_1378688783_n.jpgfor breakfast and a great view of Union Square (it was another beautiful sunny day) and then wander the store until Annie arrived.

       

      We had both purchased Big Bus tickets so we could see lots of sights with minimal driving. Annie got the 24 hour pass and I got the 48 hour pass so that I could use it as my transportation for a couple of days. Once she got there (yay) we boarded the Big Bus Tour to play tourist for the day (the only things we were missing were fanny packs). We stopped at Alamo Square first and walked around. Cute houses, but the little row at the other end of the street was actually a bit nicer. We were wondering941849_10100163881606978_175520623_n.jpg if everyone was as disappointed and our suspicions were confirmed when a German tourist asked us if the row we were seated in front of was the “famous houses”. Her response to our head nods was “what the shit”. She seemed so disappointed, I actually apologized.

       

      Once we were done staring, our friend Melissa met up with us after this for lunch at Gussie’s Chicken & Waffles (thank you, Groupon). We took a nice stroll down to the restaurant from Alamo Square and admired the old houses along the way (so if that’s your house we were photographing, I’m sorry). After a great midday fuel stop, we moved on. Annie and I stopped at Bi Rite for ice cream on the way back to the bus stop (told you I like to stop for food often). We reboarded the bus and rode up top as it drove through Haight Ashbury, Golden Gate Park, and Golden Gate Bridge. We had thought we were well prepared for the bridge with our 969932_10100165333078218_1211366176_n.jpgsweaters and scarves (since it was quite hot outside) but apparently this wasn’t enough. We were freezing. I have photos of us with scarves across our faces to keep out the wind. In hindsight it’s amusing. At the time, it was a little freaky and I am pretty sure I caught a terrible head cold that I promptly ignored.

       

      After this we got off the bus and walked to Ghirardelli Square for more ice cream and then to Fisherman’s Wharf for sourdough bread bowls at Boudin’s. By then it was getting late and Annie had kids to get home942885_10100165333008358_1474910926_n.jpg to so we headed back to Union Square so that she could catch BART home and I could meet Carla for dinner.

       

      I took a taxi. I hate taking taxis because I’ve rarely had cab drivers that I didn’t want to slap. This one was no exception. I typically GPS the route when in a taxi so I can call them out if they’re taking me the long way around. I arrived at Straw in one piece and Carla and I managed to get the booth that is within an old carnival ride car. After an interesting and tasty meal of chicken and waffle Monte Cristo and doughnut burger (apparently it tastes like it sounds), we met up with Melissa at Smuggler’s Cove. I have a thing for pirate themes (I have a thing for most themes, honestly) and this bar felt like having drinks in a pirate’s hideaway (minus the fear of having my throat 943500_10100163885593988_1301884724_n.jpgslit or getting robbed). Unfortunately, we did get sort of robbed since Melissa's car was broken into during the 45 minutes we were at the bar... She parked in a well-lit, populated area. There were people still milling around. You just never know. Fortunately nothing valuable or sentimental got stolen.

       

      After drinks, Carla and I made our way to the Financial District and down an unfamiliar dark alley for dessert at Gitane. This gorgeous fusion restaurant really is in a dark alley. Dessert was fun and delicious and the escape from the chill outside was wonderful. I’d love to come back for dinner but that will have to wait for another time.

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  • Wabasha: River, Bluffs, Histor Wabasha: River, Bluffs, History and Beyond

    • From: wkchamber
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      Wabasha, Minn.. the oldest city on the Upper Mississippi River with all of today's amenities for an unforgettable vacation. This small community prides itself on customer service, no matter where you are or what you are doing. You will feel at home in this small town, where everybody knows your name (yes you know the familiar tune.. Cheers anyone?). Every business is owned by a local person who most likely works at the counter and can tell you anything you would ever want to know.

      Surrounded by the Mississippi River and large bluff tops, Wabasha has something for everyone. Whether you are the adventurous type, or are in town for a romantic weekend, this town has it all. Year-round events and local festivals help give this small community a special feature that most large communities don't even have. From the Grumpy Old Men Festival (always last weekend in Feb.) to Riverboat Days (last weekend in July), to a Grumpy Mudder (like Tough Mudder, but no electrical shock) and fall festival called SeptOberfest.

      Take a hike up the riverside bluffs, or check in with Turning Waters Bed, Breakfast & Adventure (www.turningwatersbandb.com) and take an excursion with Richie or Michael: Kayaking, Hiking, Biking, Snowshoeing, Snowkiting or Ice Fishing.

      Not up for adventure? Bringing the kids? Need a pool? Then check out the AmericInn of Wabasha's recently fully updated accomodations (www.americinn.com/Hotels/MN/Wabasha). The AmericInn has its own specialty packages available year round and 14 beautifully themed suites. 

      Wabasha's most famous attraction is the National Eagle Center, located on the Mississippi River (www.nationaleaglecenter.org). Currently, the NEC hosts five live eagles and provides guests with three daily shows per day at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. During the winter months, take an eagle viewing field trip and view eagles all around the area.

       

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  • Huge Ice chunks at Jokulsarlon Huge Ice chunks at Jokulsarlon Lagoon, Iceland

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  • Ice Cave in Glacier Ice Cave in Glacier

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  • Tips on biking to Angkor Wat Tips on biking to Angkor Wat

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      Having biked to Angkor myself, there are several things that I think could make your biking experience more enjoyable.

       
      1. Make sure you get the right type of bike for you

      This is probably the most important thing. I used one with multiple gears and a basket in the front. To me, these two things helped a lot during those tired moments on the road. 
      The gears let me go at my own pace and according to my energy level, while the basket in front took the load off my back. I put my backpack in the front and just looped it around the steering bars as a precaution. 
      2. Have an idea of what you want to see
      Considering the huge size of Angkor Archeological Park, you should pick and choose which temples you’d like to see. Trying to see many temples by tuktuk consumes a lot of energy, and it is doubly so when seeing many temples by bicycle. So know your limitations and be picky. It’s much better to enjoy the temples in leisure than to try and cram in everything with an already tired body.
      3. Bring extra clothes for changing

      Because you will no doubt sweat like you never have before. In addition to the actual physical exercise of biking, you will have the added factor of the famously hot Cambodian sun. Your clothes will most likely become drenched with sweat, and you should bring a change of clothes if that bothers you. There are many toilets scattered around the park that you can use to change.
      4. Bring enough water
      The keyword is enough, because there is no need to oversupply yourself with bottles of water when there are many Angkor vendors who sell them. Two small bottles of water run for $1, and if the shopkeepers take pity on you they will sell a big one for the same price. Things are a little bit more expensive in Angkor than in town, but you can bargain down as usual.
      5. Plan to have lunch in Angkor
      When people visit the temples by tuktuk, most of them go back to Siem Reap for lunch and siesta. If you are biking, consider spending your lunch time at the park, instead of biking to town and then back again to Angkor. 
      There are many cool places to have lunch: the temples, the Angkor Wat moat, or even the air conditioned restaurants. There are huge numbers of restaurants available, primarily near Angkor Wat and Bayon, with most offering Cambodian dishes. For a more Western fare, head to the Angkor Café right across Angkor Wat. They have pasta, sandwiches, ice cream, etc. 
      6. Visit the less popular places
      When going by tuktuk, the drivers already have a set plan and route. Trying to change that will most likely cost you additional dollars and create confusion. Biking is a great time to visit the less visited sites, because you can go wherever you want and stop whenever you want. Some places you might want to visit are the Angkor Thom gates or the Buddhist Wats in the area.
      7. Head to the temple in the morning, head back in the late afternoon.
      Biking in the morning when the sun is still mild is so enjoyable, and it doesn't have to be too early. 7 a.m. is a good time to start. Just know that by 10 a.m. or even 9 a.m., the sun will start to beat down hard. 
      In the late afternoon, at around 5 p.m., the sun will start to mellow and this would be a great time to head back to town. Everything (the temples, the tree lined roads, etc.) will look so pretty at this time. 
      Should you bike on your first visit to Angkor Wat?
      As a matter of personal choice, I think biking is a great way to see the Angkor temples, but I wouldn’t say it's a great way for first timers to see the temples. If it’s your first time visiting Angkor, going by tuktuk is, I think, your best choice. That way you will get to see more temples in a more relaxing way. 
      When your legs are already so tired from biking, you will be less likely to climb up the Phimeanakas temple or roam around the Prasat Suor Prats. This means you’ll miss out on some of the must-do temple activities. 
      But of course, the final decision whether to bike or not, first time or not, is entirely up to you.
      So in short…
      The whole point of biking to Angkor Wat is to enjoy it, which is why I think a good level of fitness is a must. 
      If you’re too tired to pedal and still have 15 kilometers more to go, you’re going to start ignoring the temples and start focusing on how to survive the day. This is fine, because that in itself is an interesting experience, but just know that the focus then will no longer be the temples, which is what you came halfway across the world for.
      Go to Angkor Wat, Cambodia - A Quick Review

      Angkor Wat, Cambodia is located near the town of Siem Reap. It's been listed under UNESCO's World Heritage site since 1992. Preservation has been done constantly in order to keep it in great condition. 
      Go to Siem Reap Tourist Attractions
      As the base town of Angkor Wat, Siem Reap tourism is growing rapidly. See for yourself the many activities you can do and the places you can see while staying in Siem Reap.
      Recommended Cambodia cycling tour by ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA

      This 3- days cycling tour brings you to explore Siem Reap in Cambodia, not only its highlighted Angkor Complex, but also small local villages, markets, pagodas, to have an opportunity to interact with local passers-by and immerse in Cambodian cultures.
      Highlights 
       
      • Beautiful cycling roads
      • Impressive Angkor Wat

       

      Details program are available here
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